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Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn
A collection of news and information related to Illinois governor Pat Quinn published by this site and its partners.
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  • Local Voices South: April 24 edition

    Local Voices South: April 24 edition
    Letters to the editor from New Lenox, Bolingbrook, Glenwood, Orland Park, Mokena, Palos Heights and Oak Lawn. Government control I really don't care how many have signed up or not signed up for the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is just one more thing...
  • Index cards tell tales of nearly 10 years of clout at Metra

    Index cards tell tales of nearly 10 years of clout at Metra
    When one job applicant at Metra in 1989 was told he wasn't qualified, he simply sent a "back-door letter" to Metra's chairman. The tactic worked, and the applicant was hired. Others weren't so lucky — or didn't have enough clout. One note in...
  • Illinois' friends-and-family hiring plan

    Illinois' friends-and-family hiring plan
    In 2005, Forrest Claypool was a Cook County commissioner running for board president, and Gerald Nichols was a top aide — "patronage chief" was how Claypool put it — for John Stroger, the man Claypool was trying to unseat. Today, Claypool...
  • Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'

    Metra releases names from its 'patronage files'
    Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
  • New Trier students take advantage of new voting law for 17-year-olds

    New Trier students take advantage of new voting law for 17-year-olds
    At first glance, the exuberant pack of New Trier High School students queued up on a recent January morning appeared to be anticipating a coveted prize — perhaps a pair of Imagine Dragons concert tickets, or at the very least, a free pizza. But...
  • Gov. Quinn, let Chicago solve its pension crisis

    Gov. Quinn, let Chicago solve its pension crisis
    Step 1 of 4: Mayor Rahm Emanuel persuaded a majority of Illinois legislators to pass a bill that would let Chicago's City Hall ease the pension crisis for two endangered pension funds. Laborers and municipal workers would make future sacrifices to steer...
  • Abolish the Illinois office of lieutenant governor

    Abolish the Illinois office of lieutenant governor
    In 1981, then-Lt. Gov. Dave O'Neal famously resigned his post, citing boredom as the reason. In 1994, Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra tried to resign to become a radio host but decided to keep his job because of Gov. Jim Edgar's health concerns. Kustra ultimately did...
  • Tug of war in Chicago

    Imagine the increase in taxes and the flight of citizens and businesses from Chicago if the proposals outlined by Ald. Bob Fioretti at the City Club of Chicago luncheon on Monday were implemented.  There is an interesting tug of war going on between...
  • Emanuel rules out city income tax for pension fix

    Emanuel rules out city income tax for pension fix
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ruled out creating a city income tax as a way to shore up the city’s municipal and laborers’ retirement funds while describing the $250 million property tax increase he wants to pay for the pension changes as...
  • Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret

    Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret
    The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors. At a hearing before the Illinois Court of...
  • An update on the charter school assault

    An update on the charter school assault
    It took a fight to create Southland College Prep Charter High School. In 2010, the Richton Park charter school opened its doors as an alternative to Rich Township High School District 227. School district officials rejected the charter's application...